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How to Protect Your Awning Against Extremities of the Elements

October 10th, 2018 in Uncategorized by

Awnings provide us shelter from the sun, a refuge from a downpour, shield us against the stormy winds and gives us a nice shade to relax under. Although awnings protect us from the extremities of nature, they need to be taken care of well, against these occasional vehemence.

 

Here are some tips to protect your awning against the extremities of the elements-

Sun and Heat

Awnings primarily provide us shade from the sun, but they can get damaged due to extreme heat. The ultraviolet component in the sun rays can discolor the awning. Long-time exposure to heat can also weaken the fabric of the awning. The damage due to the sun and the heat could be prevented by using awning protectors available on the market.

Rains

Awnings are made such that, they can protect us from a downpour. Although there is a downside to it. Heavy rains could make a depression in the awning resulting in water accumulation. This accumulated water makes the awning sag. The sagging results in warping of the awning arms and may also damage the RV awning fabric. The question is how to keep water out of RV awning? To save your awning during a downpour you should it retracted or tilt the awning arms so that water runs off. Another water-created adversary that damages the awning is moisture. If your awning is rolled away wet after a downpour, chances are it may be infested with molds and mildew. Always ensure when you store the awning back, it is dry.

Snow and Ice

Although harsher winters are not a great time for the camping trips, yet, if you plan for one, make sure you don’t let the snow get accumulated on your awning. It is exactly the same as water, only this time snow would be heavier. A stockpiled snow on your awning could do the same damage as the accumulated water would, but would be faster.

Winds

Strong winds are worse than snow or water. Winds have the capability of uprooting the awning and damaging far more than imagined. There is a limit of how much wind can an RV awning take. Fierce winds could damage the awning fabric leading to awning replacement. To save your awning against strong winds, make sure you use canopy clamps, deflappers and also tie-downs. Ensure you retract the awning when it is in no use.

These were a few common measures on how to protect RV awnings, to know more about awning tips, visit www.xtendoutdoors.com

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